In today’s business world, many of the thinkers and business leaders believe that team building, through team games, corporate retreats and fun-filled activities, is a vital element to productivity and longevity. There is no doubt that today’s economic climate is volatile at best. The ups and downs come in greater frequency with larger trends either way.
With that said, there are still those who shy away from incorporating a team building philosophy in their organizations because of the assumption that team games take away from productivity due to time loss. What these leaders fail to recognize is that a team that works better together, produces at a much more rapid – and innovative – pace.
Team Games Equals Better Productivity For 3 Major Reasons
As any professional sports team knows, good teamwork is the foundation for better seasons. It has been said that championships are built on defense. However, a close look at the great sports franchises in the last 100 years shows clearly that the team that works together celebrates the most. The same idea is found in the corporate world today. Team games play a major part of corporate success because of three major reasons.
1. Goal Setting and Accomplishing – Every successful championship team has set a series of goals that they wish to reach during the season. The same goes for every successful organization today. Goals are the rungs of a ladder that keep a company innovating and improving. Through team games, members learn the fundamentals – and put into practice – of reaching goals and how to pursue them. Contrast to this, individuals who are given a set of tasks often resist meeting the goal as there is no personal incentive. A team with the same tasks work together for the vested interest of each other and the company.
2. Problem Solving – Many team games that are used within team building events utilize a problem solving element. Because of this problem solving becomes far more effective as all the team members can offer ideas from their own expertise. Several people have said, “Two heads are better than one.” While this may be an old adage, it holds a lot of truth.
3. Disciplined Work Ethics – In traditional corporate structure has been around building the individual. Team building, on the other hand, focuses on the recognition of team achievement based on individual skills coming together for a collective goal. This team focus creates a better disciplined work ethic as more people hold each other accountable. This team discipline spills over into the other areas of corporate and persona life.
Team building, through team games and other team-based activities, is directly related to overall productivity and success within any organization. As teams come together, solidify with stronger bonds, communicate and relate to each other, the organization as a whole benefits. Team building and productivity go together seamlessly. Building strong teams means building a strong company.